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Saline Breast Implants

There are two types of breast implants- saline and silicone. This article will discuss saline breast implants. This type of implant for augmentation has a silicone shell that is filled with saline (salt and water).

Health Risks:

Saline implants pose no health risks as saline is absorbed into the body and approved by the FDA. In the case where they rupture it will be noticed immediately as it will deflate. At that point it will need to be removed and replaced with another saline implant.


This type of implant is available to anyone over the age of 18 where silicone you must be over 22 years of age. Although there are many 18 year old women who are well informed, it is felt that over 22 one is more apt to be more emotionally and physically ready.


The longevity of saline breast implants has a life span of 10-15 years. The best practice is to be followed by your surgeon every year. Typically, an implant is not replaced just because of length of time. Although not typical, some implants have lasted up to 30 years.

 The cost will depend on your geographical location. The average is approximately $4000-$6000. Basing your breast augmentation should not be based on price alone as the cost for a revision can be very costly. Make sure that you choose a surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.


Most plastic surgeons will use either the periareola (below the lower half of the areola of the nipple) or the inframammary (crease under the breast) incision. Much will depend on your breast anatomy and surgeon preference. Periareola scars tend not to be visible as it blends in with the color. Continue reading about incision sites.

Recovery Time:

 After breast augmentation patients typically return to normal activity in 1 – 2 days. In most cases, the dressing may be removed the day following surgery. Exercises, such as raising arms above the head should be encouraged. This helps with soreness and increases blood flow to assist in healing and stretches the muscles. Vigorous activity should be restricted for 2 weeks to give the surgical area time to heal. Bruising is minimal. Pain medication may be needed for the first few days and then Tylenol should be sufficient. You can expect some swelling which should be gone in 3-4 weeks on average.

Most surgeons’ prefer the submusclar approach, under the muscle. It gives the breast a more natural look.

Surgical Risks:

With any type of surgery there is always risks involved. Those risks specific to saline breast implants are:

  • Infection
  • Changes in breast or nipple sensation
  • Faulty placing on implant
  • Rupture or leakage of implant
  • The skin wrinkling over the implant
  • Fluid accumulation


 In most cases, breast implants are placed because of dissatisfaction of the way you look. This can be caused by the effects of aging, after weight loss and pregnancy. Implants can help your self esteem improve and body image.

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